Conrad Weiser West Elementary – Additions & Renovations
A HIGH PERFORMANCE SCHOOL RENOVATION
Location: Womelsdorf, Berks County, Pennsylvania.
The newly expanded and renovated Conrad Weiser West Elementary School was completed in time for the 2012 school year, and thrilled students and staff alike. The original building was completely renovated, including an expanded Library and a new, full Gymnasium. The school serves grades Kindergarten through Fourth Grade, and the project achieved LEED Silver Green Building Certification.
The additions and renovations were designed to address the need for additional classroom space, upgrade the 42-year-old infrastructure, address accessibility, security, and building code issues, and provide an improved environment that meets current standards for staff and students.
The design reused much of the existing building, and recycled many of the materials that were removed during the project. The high-performance school building uses energy-efficient technologies for the mechanical systems operation and control, daylight harvesting to maximize natural light in the occupied spaces, along with energy and water conserving plumbing fixtures.
The existing building was an all-electric facility, constructed prior to the energy crisis of the early 1970s. The new design utilizes natural gas service to reduce energy costs for heating, cooking and hot water needs, and a new, state-of-the-art geothermal heat pump system for classroom heating and cooling. Through the use of automated building controls, the mechanical and electrical systems reduce the energy use and assist the District in reducing their carbon footprint.
The new building incorporates modern systems and controls that provide a healthier interior environment, designed to support and encourage the educational program. Healthier environments are created by improved ventilation systems that effectively circulate and filter adequate air volumes through the spaces, combined with natural daylight to help stimulate the students and staff. The materials selected have been chosen to prevent the circulation of harmful chemicals and dust.
Newspaper Article: Remodeled School has Jaw-Dropping Upgrades – 11/5/2012